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Leftist musician (34) dies after being stabbed by neonazis

Hip-hopper Pavlos Fyssas attacked by men in black sweatshirts and combat trousers

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Victim dies in hospital after being stabbed three times in the chest outside a café in Amfiali, a district of Piraeus, shortly after midnight by a group of neonazis dressed in black and camouflage uniforms

Pavlos Fyssas aka Killah P Pavlos Fyssas aka Killah P A 45-year-old man has been brought before a prosecutor in relation to the fatal stabbing of Pavlos Fyssas, a 34-year-old leftest hip-hopper, in Piraeus, in the early hours of Wednesday morning

Police said the suspect, who was arrested in the vicinity of the crime, admitted during questioning to stabbing the victim twice before discarding the weapon near his car.

The suspect also confirmed that he is a member of the neonazi Golden Dawn party, which has 18 MPs in the 300-seater parliament. 

Police have also arrested the suspect's wife and another woman for misleading the police investigation. The head of Golden Dawn's branch in the area has also been arrested for firearm offences. 

Fyssas died in the early hours of Wednesday morning after he was attacked by neonazis and subsequently stabbed in Piraeus.

"My doctor has told me that this was a professional hit," the victim's father, a former member of the Piraeus metalworkers union, said on Wednesday. 

The incident happened outside a café at 60 Panayi Tsaldari Avenue in Amfiali, in the Keratsini district, when he was attacked after midnight by a group of ten neonazis dressed in black and camouflage uniforms.

He was taken to Tzanio hospital, where he died shortly afterwards.

Before he died, he managed to identify the perpetrator and his accomplices, according to reports. 

Hip-hop

Fyssas was a hip-hop performer who went by the stage name of Killah P. He was involved in organising concerts against fascism and other social activities in the area where he lived.

Raids

Following the news of the fatal stabbing, police carried out a raid on Golden Dawn's central offices on Mesogion Avenue.

On a separate raid on the suspect's home, police found a taser.

The suspect's wife also said that she had removed political literature and a collapsible baton from the house after the incident. The police said they are now trying to locate that material. 

Attack

At the time of the attack, Fyssas was with his partner and two friends at the cafe.

Shortly after midnight, a group of young men wearing black sweatshirts and camouflage trousers confronted the group in the café and a scuffle ensued.

Fyssas and his three friends initially managed to escape their attackers, but as they ran down the street, a car, which crossed lanes, blocked their way.

The driver got off the car and stabbed the 34 year old at least three times on the footpath.

The perpetrator then fled on foot with his accomplices.

During the night, about 200 antifascists gathered at the murder scene. There were also gatherings of antifascists in Exarchia, in central Athens, and in Thessaloniki.

Antifascists will assemble on Wednesday at 5pm at Zarden square in Keratsini, near where Fyssas was stabbed.

Friends of the victim have been paying tribute to him on his Facebook page.

Political reactions

The fatal stabbing has generated public revulsion and political condemnation across the ideological spectrum.

State President Karolos Papoulias said that institutional vigilance, social awareness and political determination were needed to to combat what he called a "repulsive phenomenon".  

"We all have a duty not to leave the road open to fascism, not even by the smallest bit."

"Justice will perform its duty immediately and totally", government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said, calling called on all the political powers to "erect a barricade against the vicious circle of tension and violence".

Kedikoglou also claimed that the government "was the first to condemn Golden Dawn's raw violence. We were the first to call them neonazis".

Main opposition Syriza said the stabbing represented "the apex of the criminal action of the extreme-right neonazis of Golden Dawn in our country", calling for the exemplary punishment of the perpetrators.

In a statemment, Pasok called Golden Dawn "a criminal organisation".

Independent Greeks called for the establishment of "a patriotic democratic front against the black alliance" and warned that as long certain politicians and journalists touted Golden Dawn as a possible future coalition partner for pro-memorandum parties "they will keep revealing their real role".

Democratic Left called for Golden Dawn to be "institutionally asphyxiated" and said that the murder proved the importance of the party's initiative to pass a new antiracist law.

"It was expected that Golden Dawn's rhetoric of hate and the beatings and thuggery by its officers and members would soon lead to a climate of political assassination," it said.

The Communist Party (KKE) said: "Golden Dawn's murderous and criminal activity aims to terrify workers and the youth. It has become emboldened by the multiple support supplied to it by the corrupt capitalist system and the large economic interests that have borne it and nourish it in order to attack those who are struggling and protesting and to attack the labour and popular movement."

For its part, Golden Dawn said it condemned the killing and explicitly denied its involvement in the incident, saying that "those who are taking advantage of a tragic event to issue political statements, garner votes and divide Greek society are wretched and vile".

Reaction also came from the Council of Europe and Amnesty International.
The Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights Nils Muižnieks tweeted that the reaction to the "heinous murder" was a positive step in combatting hate crimes:

"Politically motivated violence of this kind is unacceptable anywhere, and history has shown the grim consequences if it goes unchecked. The Greek authorities must send a clear message that attacks like this will not be tolerated, and the individual or individuals responsible must be brought to justice," said Jezerca Tigani, Amnesty International's deputy Europe and Central Asia programme director.

 


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